Man driving truck dies after accident with train in Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man died Friday in a train versus truck accident in Hillsborough County.

Around 2:13 p.m. a CSX train traveling northbound along Paul Buckman Highway approached a private drive, which isn’t controlled by crossing arms. The area “is well posted for drivers to notice before crossing the railroad tracks,” a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

The victim, Nicholas Benigni, was driving a 2016 Toyota Tundra. Benigni was driving westbound on the private road. Investigators said he pulled into the train’s path.

“The train applied its brakes and traveled approximately one half mile north until it came to a stop. Benigni died on scene,” the spokesperson said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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